Tag Archives: Reading

Why Are Ebooks So Terrible? – The Atlantic

By Ian Bogost, September 14, 2021

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Perhaps you’ve noticed that ebooks are awful. I hate them, but I don’t know why I hate them. Maybe it’s snobbery. Perhaps, despite my long career in technology and media, I’m a secret Luddite. Maybe I can’t stand the idea of looking at books as computers after a long day of looking at computers as computers. I don’t know, except for knowing that ebooks are awful.

If you hate ebooks like I do, that loathing might attach to their dim screens, their wonky typography, their weird pagination, their unnerving ephemerality, or the prison house of a proprietary ecosystem. If you love ebooks, it might be because they are portable, and legible enough, and capable of delivering streams of words, fiction and nonfiction, into your eyes and brain with relative ease. Perhaps you like being able to carry a never-ending stack of books with you wherever you go, without having to actually lug them around. Whether you love or hate ebooks is probably a function of what books mean to you, and why.

Editor’s Note: I happen to love ebooks, public service announcement…

Source: Why Are Ebooks So Terrible? – The Atlantic

Library of Congress Book Festival | 2021

Posted by DrWeb, Festival is Sept. 17-26, see below for more information and links…

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World Book Day: Is Covid lockdown giving reading a boost? – BBC News

Joel Rochester has been reading even more during lockdown
Joel Rochester has been reading even more during lockdown

By Hannah Billingsley-Dadd, BBC News

From “booktubers” to “bookstagrammers” – why reading looks different in the lockdown age.

Gone are the children’s dressing up competitions, reading extracts in school assemblies, the book reports and the festivities at the local library.

But with some readers delving deeper into new topics and others buying more books than ever, is lockdown giving reading a boost in the digital age?

“I’ve definitely found myself reading a lot more as a result of the lockdowns,” said 21-year-old Joel Rochester, from Newport, whose YouTube channel FictionalFates mostly focuses on books.

Source: World Book Day: Is Covid lockdown giving reading a boost? – BBC News

United Through Reading offer free books and mobile app for Veterans, military – VAntage Point

United Through Reading offers free resources and audio recording to Veteran and military families. Reading together helps connect families.

“I was very excited to be reading to my twin grandkids for their first United Through Reading recorded stories,” said Air Force Veteran Denise M. Jelinski-Hall. “In my heart, I knew they would love the time with grandma reading some of what would become their favorite stories. I also felt like I was making a difference for them during the times of our separation.”

Source: United Through Reading offer free books and mobile app for Veterans, military – VAntage Point

Book Review: The Rise of the Smynians

https://www.blackrosewriting.com/scififantasy/riseofthesmyrnians

Cover image, from publisher site.
Cover image, from publisher site.

 

This was a free ebook I received via LibraryThing’s early reviewers’ program.

This book is in the genre of Christian fiction, apocalyptic tales, and seems to be part of a series of planned books. You can see more about the book at the link above.

It was difficult reading the book for me, and I found the writing style is difficult to follow, and the characters and story seemed similar to other books about the coming end of days, apocalypses, etc. I didn’t finish all the book, but you may find it of interest.

Rating: May be of interest to readers of Christian fiction.

How to find great books online – The Verge

Find fantastic fiction for your phone or tablet…

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Source: How to find great books online – The Verge